The Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Amb. Ramses Cleland has reiterated that Ghana in her capacity as Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20) will continue to champion the ideals of the Forum during its term of office. He made the statement when he addressed a National Stakeholders Meeting of the CVF, held by the Ministry on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2023. The objective of the Meeting was to streamline and coordinate stakeholders’ efforts for Ghana’s successful term.

Amb. Cleland also commended stakeholders for actively playing a key role in the successful participation and hosting of events since Ghana assumed the Presidency of the Forum. He noted that with just about a year to hand over the Presidency of the CVF, it had become necessary that the Ministry and its stakeholders accelerated efforts to leave a legacy. He indicated that the Ministry, through its Missions will continue to facilitate strategic meetings and create opportunities for engagement to promote Ghana’s interests in the CVF. In that regard, he hoped to count on the effective collaboration and cooperation of all other stakeholders to enhance their collective efforts.

The Coordinating Director Multilateral and International Organisations of the Ministry, Amb. Perpetua Dufu who chaired the meeting noted the need for the Ministry and its stakeholders to collaborate and intensify engagements in the execution of individual and collective duties to ensure that Ghana’s Presidency of the CVF is a success. She urged the stakeholders to ensure that there was a seamless flow of information to avoid duplication of efforts. Amb. Dufu was hopeful that the outcome of the discussions will inure to the benefit of Ghana at the multilateral and bilateral levels.

The stakeholders at the meeting included the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit at the Office of the President.